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“In Name Only”: A personal philosophy on the developer/publisher relationship.

If you think I’m doing this to discuss SWTOR, let’s let that one stew for a bit more. Right now feedback is related to restriction shock, and my voice acting comment. Again, I’ll give it a while before discussing it.

No, today, I’m talking about a line that was either ignored, or baffled many a viewer when I stated it in my Special Episodes: Guild Wars 2, and The Secret World.

Why would I place so much emphasis on saying that GW2 was published “in name only” by NCSoft, and TSW published “in name only” by EA?

Because people HATE NCSoft. And people HATE EA… and the worst part, they’re completely unwilling to separate a game from its publisher, even when said publisher has little to no creative control over the product.

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Off-Week Update (for Ep. 26)

Why do I even call these Off-Week updates anymore?

OK, let’s cover what I’ve done in the previous …weeks.

Aion:
Man, I forgot how much this game was like Lineage II meets WoW. I’m also suprised just how LITTLE has changed in the game. I’m also not shocked at how torn people were about how grindy this game is. Although there were quite a few defenders who came out of the woodwork to claim it’s not as bad as it used to be. I can probably run it a lot better now, but I don’t want the NCSoft launcher anywhere near my new PC right now. It’s still a very nice, atmospheric game and I recommend it to those who liked what they saw in the review. A definite subscription quality game that’s truly free to play.

Spiral Knights:
I was NOT expecting this review to be as popular as it was, but once again, it’s another case of “one post in the forums”. Unlike CoH though, that community seemed to agree with me more or less (although I did get a few of those who didn’t get what I do saying how I “missed” this or that… things I couldn’t possibly have known without playing the game until the high levels.) This review was done with a week of play to “catch me back up” after taking so long with Aion, I felt it was a rush job and people STILL liked it.

The Secret World (Sidequest):
Have I made it obvious how much I love this game yet? Sure, this… “job” has made it difficult to log back in as much as I’d like, but it’s only because when I start playing I can’t stop unless the game crashes or I feel regretful seeing how it’s suddenly 5 a.m. It’s polarizing as hell, though, and people who don’t love the game will REALLY let you know about it. The fact I had someone “suggest” (read: “obnoxiously deride”) I should have preordered Mists of Pandaria instead of getting this made me laugh for all the wrong reasons.
I have a “guild” in the game set up, but nothing “official” as far as “What are our future plans?” is concerned. Right now, if you like the show, know who I am and you want to play alongside me, Message me (ChaosD1) in the game and I’ll add you. Call on me if you need a tank for Cthulu or Satan.

Vindictus:
Ah, the game I deemed “unreviewable” suddenly decided to work properly. Still it wasn’t working all that well, and unfortunately, rather than discuss the game, most people took the time to inquire about/mock me for  my PC and it’s specs. Talk about missing the point. I can’t help but wonder if some of the more obnoxious comments ever played a PC game in their lives. (Trust me in that meeting “minimum” settings on a game only guarantees you a half-playable framerate and a few hundred crashes. I’d swear whoever writes the minimum settings is trolling people into buying better hardware.) Well, at the very least everyone can shut the fuck up about it now since,  as I mentioned before… I have a new PC. Check the About page to see what my new setup is. (Still the same vid card, but at least it has a processor that can USE it.)
As for the game, THIS is how you do an action combat system. Screw TERA. Speaking of…

TERA (Sidequest):
Fun fact: This Sidequest was planned BEFORE Secret World. As the story goes, when I JUST finished downloading TERA, MegaGWolf informed me that he got a couple keys for the Secret World beta weekend sent to him, and sent me one since I was willing to check it out. Since I had a few days with TERA I decided to give Secret World a shot first… You see how that turned out. To be completely honest, TERA bored the hell out of me. I dn’t understand why people think this combat is the be all end all of MMO combat. It’s… it’s just there. Shooter mode in Star Trek Online works in almost the exact same manner. The fact you still have to hotkey skills baffles me, especially with the spacebar combo system in place. (That also seemed wonky. I have no idea why the Slayer would want to use ANYTHING but Whirlwind after that charge move (which only seems to work half the time) but the game seems insistent on making it that second swipe by default. At least you can change it. The game does get more interesting when you unlock more skills, but getting there has been turning a lot of people off to it. The fact archers are rooted when shooting makes sense from a balance standpoint doesn’t lend well to feeling like an “action” game, so this is the first time I had WAY more fun with a melee class. Vindictus did this much better, and if that game contained an open world instead of a dungeon grind, I think people wouldn’t be giving TERA the time of day. Long story short, I said it before I’ll say it again. The game did nothing for me. Sorry.
Bonus points to anyone who can pick up on the slight “jab” I took at a certain someone when I posted it on BT.

Site changes:
I made a couple changes on here, so a heads up. First off, there are now pages for Sidequest and Browser-Based. Besides clicking on the links I just put there, You can access these pages by mousing over the Episode Guide, where a dropdown menu will show you the links to either page.
Second, I removed the comments from the About, and Episode Guide, and removed the ability to post comments on those pages. Simply put I want those pages to be for information gathering and navigation, not to have to worry about comments posted there slowing it down over time.  F.A.Q. still accepts more questions, and of course, Suggested MMO List is going strong as always (Still need to sift through that again.)

Coming up in Episode 26… a constrained time limit that might be late, but now that things are more under control, I think I may be able to hammer it out in time. Wish me luck. (Oh and nobody has guessed correctly so far. I was a lot more vague this time, it seems.)

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